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Upgraded from a Kinetic 1997 Sportura - slight flaws still worth 5 stars
on January 6, 2014
I have upgraded from my Kinetic watch from more than 15 years ago; it functions but is off 1-2 minutes everyday for a few weeks. So after reading all the reviews of the Seiko watches, this SSC145 caught my eye. I originally looked into a white bezel chronograph with a brown leather strap: I very much prefer the TAG Heuer Carrera but my budge isn't $5000. The quality of the picture displays black poorly. When I compare my watch to this picture, the bracelet is not grey, but stainless black with the sides of the bracelet matte black.
A better quality image is the one Amazon has on the SSC009 Black Dial: http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SSC009-Black-Flight-Watch/dp/B005I2KDTS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390124534&sr=8-2&keywords=seiko+145. Although the bracelet is now silver, the black is more true to real life; the picture of the SSC009's inner dial isn't off black: it is true black on an angle which reflected the light awkwardly.
This SSC145 looks much better in person and am very pleased with the quality. Heavy by feel, not flashy but sleek, the black doesn't attract much attention and that's how I like it.
Flaws for the ultra detailed, I started noticing the smaller dials.
1. Seconds dial (9 o'clock position). The hand is directly on top of indicators until the hand reaches 22-23 second marker and is slightly off/early until the 46-47 second marker.
2. Chronograph minutes dial (12 o'clock position). The chronograph seconds hand (small red hand) is positioned slightly off centered to the left. It is not perfectly centered at the 0/60 minute marker but a fraction off. However the chronograph seconds hand (large red hand)is directly centered at the noon position. Therefore at the chronograph zero/reset positions, the large red hand is NOT DIRECTLY over the small red hand.
3. I haven't hand time to test whether all hand positions were directly on top of the minute indicators with the alarm dial and the chronograph minutes dial.
I don't think the flaws detract from its value but it is quite annoying now that I've noticed it. Good thing it was on sale when I purchased it. If I had paid the original price of $435, I would be even more annoyed; right now it's only slightly.